Thursday, October 9, 2008

Our little celebrity

Since this is National Down Syndrome Awareness month, a local news station did a story on a little girl who happens to be my favorite person with Down Syndrome. Here she is, watching herself on TV. What do you think she thinks about that? I will let you see it if you promise not to report us for child endangerment after watching it.......
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37 comments:

Christina said...

"I feel like we needed her as much as she needed us" ok now I am crying...you guys are awesome!

Pan Cratius said...

Well, I thought I'd never live to see something as exciting as what my eyes have just seen, the Poster Girl for Downs Syndrome Month. I really like her smiles..

Jester 5 said...

WOW! That video was amazing. Even though I've been "watching" her grow, the video showed just how much change there has been. She is looking so grown-up!

Lisa said...

Thanks for sharing that, Charissa. I'm sitting here in tears. It was beautiful and I hope it encourages more families to enrich their lives with these children.

Lacia said...

How awesome was that!!! Great story, and man, even though I read your blog everyday, this story really shows how much she's changed. She's gets more beautiful every day!

markay714 said...

What a nice piece - thanks for sharing it!

Dalene said...

She's so pretty!!!

They did a great job with the story. I agree it's amazing to see her progress...

Kate said...

Just wanted to say thanks for sharing your experience with all of us. I read your blog about every day and it makes me smile. I am very happy for you all and I hope Ava's story will bring others
to adopt as well.

Tracie said...

WOW! Charissa this story was just awesome! I'm just amazed at her progress and so encouraged for our own journey.

Kathy said...

Yay for Ava!! I'm so happy that your local news did that! It's GREAT!

Kerry Shealy said...

That was awesome! I'm new enough to RR that I hadn't realized how far she had come! Simply amazing! She is a beautiful little girl!

Julie said...

Such an amazing story!!!

jennifer... said...

I just had tears through a smile so big by cheeks hurt.  Who would have ever known how deep and wide the places and people God would take your experience to?  By the way, you looked beautiful Charissa!

Carson's Mom said...

That was a really nice video. Ava has come a very long way in a short amount of time. Thanks for sharing your story.

Kayla

Christina said...

Wow! They did a great job on Ava's story -- it is amazing to see the "before" and "after" in that video. Everythime I read your blog or see you kiddos playing with each other I wish we could be neighbors! If we were neighbors you could help me decorate -- Your new country home looks beautiful!

Christina S.

Chad and Dana said...

Ava looks amazing! She has come a long way...and it's only been 8 months?! Wow! You guys are awesome!
Once we get back with Drew we want another play date with you guys!

breanna said...

oh thank you so much for sharing! what a wonderful clip! LOVE the new house and that fireplace! :D

(a sister to a family adopting from ukraine)

Anonymous said...

WOW! What an inspiration you guys are.

Melissa G.

Janell & Kenny said...

I finally got to see the news clip! WOW impressive! How wonderful to be in your new home, sharing on tv what God has done for Ava and for you all! So happy for you all!!! "We constantly thank God for every rememberance of you and the work of faith and labor of love you are doing for His kingdom"!!! love and hugs to all 7 of you! Didn't God tell you on the train something like this would happen??? Awesome!

Terra said...

Incredible story and all your kiddos looked adorable. I love how they all love and take care of her!

John Dee Spicer said...

Beautiful, Charissa, you and your family are beautiful! You did need her as much as she needed you and I am still so happy that you've found each other. I know God will continue to bless you all.

Jill

Robin said...

your whole family looks (and sounds) wonderful in the video and Ava looks fascinated with herself in the photo!

VonnieJ said...

that was very sweet...you guys have done a great job with her!

June Berger said...

Ok, of COURSE I cried!

AZmomto8 said...

Happy tear flowing for all of you, it is amazing to see her with your family now, like she was always there!

Shelley said...

What a wonderful video clip!
I don't know what Ava was thinking watching herself on TV, but Xander watched it with me and he clapped at the end :)

mom2four said...

I can't get the link to work for me :( Maybe you could email me the link??

Qadoshyah said...

What a great video!! It was wonderful to watch. It is truly amazing how much Ava has changed in such a short amount of time :)!

~ Qadoshyah

Kelsey said...

What a great video for Ava to have when she's older! I hope it encourages other families to consider adopting a special needs child too.
I love her outfit by the way, the little brown bow and her smile is too cute!

Stefanie said...

Awesome Story. Amazing little girl and family!
Thanks for sharing!
Stefanie

My name is Sarah said...

Nice story. I love your big brown bow and when your brothers pushed you in the water bucket. very cute.

Christina L said...

Sorry to post late, but I couldn't see the video yesterday, error on page. But it was worth the wait. What an awesome portrayal of adoption and the love of a forever family. Glory be to God for such coverage.

Michelle said...

That is such a nice story! It's amazing to see that first video of her at the orphanage, and to see her now. The changes are just so...well, AMAZING! She is such a beauty.

Take care,
Michelle (RR)

Jaimie said...

well, wow! she just gets cuter every time you show us a new picture/video :)

those changes are pretty darn remarkable

ali-llanas said...

That was beautiful... and fun!
once again, thank you for sharing Ava with us, is a blessing and a delight to be part of your journey

God bless

JKI said...

Charissa, What an absolutely beautiful story on Ava and your family! I can't believe the difference between the videos and her now, she is so big, healthy and so HAPPY! And I absolutely love Jude racing around with her in the mop bucket. What a great big brother :) God bless your beautiful family,
Kelly S

Amy said...

What a wonderful story! She has come so far in such a short period of time!